Ryan to return to Capitol Hill to vote on spending bill
September 10th, 2012
06:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan to return to Capitol Hill to vote on spending bill

Washington (CNN) – The last time Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, was on Capitol Hill he was known best as the chairman of the House Budget Committee and as a popular member among rank and file Republicans for leading the charge for major spending cuts and advocating a dramatic Medicare overhaul.

But Ryan, now the GOP vice presidential nominee in a tightly contested national race, will return this Thursday to an institution whose popularity is at record lows with the American people.

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House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy told reporters Monday Ryan would be back in Washington to vote on the "continuing resolution" that funds the government through March - the one "must pass" measure Congress is expected to approve before the election.

A Romney campaign official confirmed Ryan would be back on Capitol Hill Thursday.

That six month spending bill, negotiated by leaders from both parties this summer, keeps the government funded at the level agreed to in last summer's debt deal - $1.047 trillion. But that's not the number Ryan supported earlier this year. After vocal criticism from a bloc of conservative House Republicans that the deal didn't cut spending fast enough, Ryan introduced a budget that moved the overall spending level about $20 billion lower, to $1.028 trillion.

That budget passed the House, but was immediately rejected by Senate Democrats as violating the bipartisan debt deal. Ryan supported that bill last August.

Asked how Ryan would vote this week on the funding bill, McCarthy initially told reporters he expected Ryan to support it, but when pressed about the spending level, he said he had indications his GOP colleague would vote for it, but he couldn't speak for other members.

An aide to Ryan did not respond when asked by CNN if the congressman planned to vote for the six month spending bill.

– CNN's Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Good,we won't have to listen to lyin Ryan for a day or so,oh ya ,lyin romney the tax cheat will take over to keep the lies coming!!!

    September 10, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. Kenny K

    He is no more in conservative bubble; all eyes are on him now.

    September 10, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. California Gary

    Every day this guy looks more and more like a deer in the headlights.......

    September 10, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    All these gop goofballs need to be kicked out in their next election ,the sooner the better ,and lyin Ryan can forget vp. Maybe vp of the hotdog car drivers union or liers union !!!

    September 10, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. Yonni

    The lying boy is out of the campaign loop that will be a nice break for us and the truth. In the house floor you can tell your lies, nothing to lose there; you only have 9% approval there is nowhere to go below that the bottom level is used to be 25%.

    September 10, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. Jeffer65

    Isn't that his job as a so-called representative of the people of Wisconsin?

    September 10, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. SafeJourney

    ol' Lyin Ryan. Just cant shake that name Ryan. I wonder why.

    September 10, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. DENNA

    Lyin Ryan is one of the reasons the GOP has such low numbers in Congress. They don't want President Obama to succeed and they are willing to be patient and let America suffer until after the election – assuming that their fiendish plan has worked and that the GOP will be welcomed with open arms by the electorate.

    September 10, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. BillSD33

    Oh, now he wants spending cuts and conservatism. If he had done that when W was president, I might have respected him. But you can't throw the country under the bus, then say, "wait I'll help you"

    September 10, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. arkieron

    While you are there Paul please correct the funding error in your budget that you know is incorrect. You can't save $2 bil in conforming Railroad Retirement unless you are willing to seize private funds that are not part of the Treasury. You were informed of your funding mistake by the American Association of Railroads but you didn't want to take out the savings you claimed possible. A real leader would just admit a mistake and then fix it. you just sent it on to the Senate.

    September 10, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. Chipster

    Ryan and the rest of the GOP members of Congress have blocked the jobs bill, failed to vote on the farm bill before leaving for vacation (leaving Midwest farmers desperate to know what to do about starving cattle and corn/bean losses), but always finding time to waste on bills involving gays, affordable care act, unnecessary sonograms for women (Rape by Legislation!) and abortion that they know will never get to the President's desk. Then they have the nerve to campaign on the fact that the President hasn't gotten much done since they gained control of Congress! Voters need to support the President by electing a Congress that will cooperate with him to get things done for the nation. This Congress promised to focus on making him fail and they have made sure the nation has failed to move forward.

    September 10, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. GOP is Dead

    Ryan has some flip-flopping to do... He's been able to learn from Romney – the master of the Etch-A-Sketch. Not to worry... "Lyin-Ryan" will simply say "he doesn't remember" saying those things...

    Does he remember his plan to kill Medicare? I do!

    September 10, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. The Big Ticket

    Shut the Government down before the election, the country is not broke, Rush just got paid a extra billion, and still won't let you play with his toys.

    September 10, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Mitt Romney

    He messed up last time by supporting it. He better be an obstructionist this time, by Kolob.

    September 10, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Jimy

    Is it my imagination or is his nose growing?

    September 10, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  16. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    This will probably be his last vote in congress. The next vote for District 1 in Wisconsin will be cast by Rob Zerban, who will defeat Ryan in Congress as Biden defeats him for VP. Fortunately, political careers like Ryan's end early. Unfortunately, he will turn his viciousnes to a lethal career a s a lobbyist. Either way, he is poison to this country.

    September 10, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. America1st

    Undoubtedly to vote for military spending cuts of a Draconian nature, and then ONCE AGAIN, deny he ever did that, even after the report comes out he "enthusastically supported $450 billion dollars in cuts to defense." Go Away Ryan – you're still a little boy in a man's world.

    September 10, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. Emerson

    Yes, Mr. Ryan can't wait to get back to Washington to lead the GOP charge to balance the budget on the backs of the middle and lower clasees. After all, he is a millionaire now through the inheritance of his wife, a tax lawyer who was a K Street lobbyist, so he is set. Everybody else can fend for themselves in the crony capitialism/special interest imaginary free market that the GOP is always talking about. More GOP pixie dust.

    September 10, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is nice to know that he is going to do his job. Can he understand the need to support the people in need and the reach of the federal government? It doesn't seem like to me.

    September 10, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    The Devil with the deep blue eyes returns to the scene of the crime(s).

    ha ha ha ha

    He has to go get his kick-back checks that Boehner will distribute (from big Oil, Corporations, Ins. Cos. and Wall Street - tax free cash for their own personal check accounts). Kinda like the cigarette kick-backs he handed out on the floor of the House a few year ago IN FRONT OF CAMERAS.

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    September 10, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    Oh goodie, we have missed plate face in DC. He's so busy lying his way throughout the country.
    Is he going to stand in the way again and blame the President?

    September 10, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  22. NameMarieCA

    This will test his ability to compromise and vote according to what the country needs.

    September 10, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  23. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The hard working taxpayers of Wisconsin should be demanding that his pay be reduced for every vote he has missed and every day that he is not representing them.

    September 10, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  24. Larry L

    Now the "Lyin Ryan" has to put his name on the line... does he worry about the Tea Baggers who want America to fail or does he try to capture independent votes? The clock is ticking... flip-flop, flip-flop...

    September 10, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  25. J.V.Hodgson

    He can either flip flop or vote as he did last time which got kicked out by the senate as breaking the budget act he voted for.This huy gets more Wonky by the day = I have no idea what he is for or against and if he is for it his wonky thinking leaves me not understanding a word... same if he is against except on taxes which he has sais consistently cannot and must not be raised. Then he gets on CBS and says yes and romney in meet the press says he will not increase the overall tax paid by the rich but will give tax breaks to the middle... but if he does that he cant pay for the cuts go check out the tax policy center on Ryan budget and Romney economic plan plus CBO on Ryan budget. they are Tax policy center and CBO all roughly right and not precisely wrong as are theRyan and Romney economic plan and budget and what they say on taxes, which is debt increasing please note.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    September 11, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
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